And here I was thinking my final choice of grad school was going to be easy. I have to choose between the city I loved with a good program (though I would be working on more petrology and geochem than volcanology), and the city that doesn't thrill me, but with a great program (I would work on pyroclastic flows and volcanic hazards, which is exactly what I want to do).
Compensation for both is comparable, the people are all nice, but I really don't know what I'm going to do. It's only two years, after all... And it just seems incredibly awkward if you turn down a program that you might still want to go to later on.
I feel a headache coming on. I know the final decision has to be mine, but can anyone throw me some sage advice?